Best NBA Scrap-Heap Pickups of the Last 20 Years

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Best NBA Scrap-Heap Pickups of the Last 20 Years
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If you were to ask maybe 50 NBA fans to define this season in one word, I would bet anything from my Xbox to my right arm that nearly half would answer with the following: Linsanity.

The sensation has only lasted about a month, but undrafted Harvard grad Jeremy Lin has become something of a household name in turning the New York Knicks from underachievers into contenders. His phenomenal skills as a point guard have put him on the cover of TIME Magazine and have even gotten ice cream magnates Ben & Jerry's to name a flavor after him.

Adding to Lin's legend is the fact that he was, as I just mentioned, undrafted. Here's a guy who pretty much got lucky with a tryout and found himself in the NBA, only to be the toast of the league a year later.

Lin isn't the only player in league history to find success in the NBA under similar circumstances, so it's time to give those from the past two decades their due credit.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the inaugural class of the NBA Scrap Heap Hall of Fame.

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